5 Ways to Wear a Cardigan for Spring

Happy hump day, friends! I was racking my brain to come up with an item I could show styled several ways, and I realized I had never done a cardigan! I wear cardigans in the springtime more than any other time of year, so this seems like a good time to share 5 ways to wear a cardigan.

5 Ways to Wear a Cardigan for Spring 2020

I like cardigans this time of year because the weather is so unpredictable, and this way, I can remove a layer if it warms up in the afternoon. If not, I can be cozy and comfy all day. I also love to wear a denim jacket this time of year, but they aren’t as comfortable to wear all day — especially if you’re at home.

In the fall when the weather is variable, I tend to gravitate more to the structured jackets, and I wear a lot of suede and leather, but for some reason I tend to go for cardigans more in the springtime.

5 Ways to Wear a Cardigan for Spring

#1. With Jeans and a Tee

Let’s start with the most obvious way to wear a cardigan for spring or anytime — throw on a cardigan over your favorite jeans and t-shirt, and you’ve instantly got a complete look. Just add shoes and accessories to suit the occasion.

I love the open sweatshirt cardigan shown above so much I also have it in a non-hooded version.

In this next look, this chevron top adds some pattern to this simple look. Unfortunately, this cardigan is old and only a few sizes are left.

In this next look, I wore a tank top instead of a tee. It’s a bit more fitted than most of my t-shirts, and it helps define my waist underneath the loose cardigan.

This cardigan is soft and stretchy and very cozy, and the hood is lightweight and doesn’t pull back on the sweater as some do. I also really like how the sleeves fit on this one — nice and slim, and plenty long, with on-shoulder seams for no added bulk.

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Here’s the same outfit with a different cardigan.

This pink cardigan is a bit shorter than the longer ones that I’m wearing in most of the other outfits in this post, and it has a relaxed fit with drop shoulders. I’m really loving this length right now!

#2. With Shorts and Sandals

This has long been my spring/summer road trip uniform.

How to wear the Splendid Draped Thermal Hoodie with jean shorts for summer.

It can get chilly in the car, so the cardigan keeps me comfortable while driving. Then we stop at a rest stop, I can shed my cardigan and get out and walk around and be comfortable in shorts and a tee or tank. Plus, I just like the juxtaposition of long sleeves with shorts.

The outfit above is super old, but these sandals are actually still available, and Splendid has updated this cardigan and kept it in this year’s lineup. I still wear both this one and my black one a lot.

Here’s a similar look I shared last summer with longer shorts.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing CORE life Hooded Open-Front Cotton Cardigan with Joe's Jeans Bermuda Frayed Cuff Denim Shorts and Sorel Ella Crisscross Toe-Ring Sandals, plus Circus by Sam Edelman Zyan Straw Stripe Bucket Shoulder Bag

Ironically, the shorts in both of these looks are Joe’s. I’ve always had good luck with Joe’s jean shorts, but they don’t seem to have any new styles out this year.

#3. With Pants and a Blouse

For a work-appropriate look, you can’t go wrong with a lightweight cardigan over a blouse with ankle skinny pants.

Also, I love these block heeled pumps for work wear and for conservative occasions when I’ll be doing a lot of standing but want to be dressed up, and they’re 25% off at Bloomies.

For more of a fun night out look, I wore a long duster style cardigan over a leopard blouse (old), with red pants and strappy sandals.

Longer cardigans can be fun for adding drama to a look, but I recommend looking for one with a slim silhouette. If it’s too voluminous, it adds visual weight and just looks frumpy.

#4. Over a Dress

A long cardigan over a form-fitting dress is very on trend right now, and it can be very slimming if you choose pieces that fit well and complement each other.

Ruched Tank Dress Outfit: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Leith Ruched Body-Con Tank Dress with Halogen Long Linen Blend Cardigan

This Leith ruched tank dress has been popular for years, and for good reason. It comes in tons of colors, and it’s so easy to dress up or down. There’s a plus sized version too, and Nic+Zoe has a black one that’s a little longer if you want that option.

And for another option, I’m super excited to see some shorter cardigans trending again this year.

Long cardigans can be overwhelming with a dress, but this linen dress cardigan from Ann Taylor frames the sheath dress nicely without taking over.

#5. Buttoned Up

I wish I had a better picture of this, but I love the idea behind this look. It’s a modern way to wear a shorter cardigan, and it basically creates a v-neck sweater, but with a little extra interest.

This floral cardigan is from LOFT, and it’s still fully stocked. I also just ordered this one to pair with blue jeans.

BONUS: With Joggers

I realize this is really #6, but “5 ways to wear” has a much better ring to it. Still, I couldn’t leave out the obligatory #WFH outfit while we are all isolating at home.

This relaxed cardigan from Athleta is supreme comfort, and while I could easily wear it with jeans and a tee, I usually find myself throwing it on with joggers or leggings on lazy days at home.

My P448 sneakers keep is stylish and fun, but running shoes or your favorite slippers are perfectly acceptable, depending on the venue.

I hope my 5 ways to wear a cardigan gave you some new ideas or helpful tips for styling outfits with cardigans this season!

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